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"Peace on Earth" Chris' grandsons showing the passions of the season

"Peace on Earth" Chris' grandsons showing the spirit(edness) of the season

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we at le•top wish you and yours good health, much laughter and every joy of the holiday season. Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Happy Kwanzaa! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten! Buon Feste! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

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Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Sweetie decided that an intervention was in order…to give me a break from blogging (I think he’s a teeny tiny bit jealous…). So we’re in beautiful, warm Kauai, where I’m sneaking in this post (shshshshshsh!! be vewy, vewy quiet, and maybe sweetie won’t notice..!). I just had to share this photo of Santa greeting us when we arrived!

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Good Airport Food?!?

DFW airport

Photo credit: DFW airport

We had a non-eventful flight out of SFO yesterday. The only remote concern was the queue of drop off cars, and the long lines both inside and at curbside check-in. Both sweetie and I share the same propensity to get to the airport with just the bare minimum amount of time to spare, so there was a moment or two of “uh-oh”. Well, despite the longs lines, we got through check-in and security with surprising speed. Whew! But then…our flight was delayed! Not so bad because it gave us time to grab some breakfast. For all of you taking to the airports this holiday season and experiencing delays, here’s a list of “good” places to eat at some of the major airports in the U.S. I know, it seems like a contradiction in terms, but this list comes from a pretty reliable journalist, Matt Gross, who writes a travel column for the NYTimes. For the full article, click here. Safe travels to all!

KENNEDY: JFK http://www.panynj.gov
Terminal 5: Deep Blue, La Vie and Piquillo are in the central food court; 866-508-3558.
Terminal 1: Jikji Café, in the pre-security food court; 718-751-2003.
Terminal 8: Vino Volo, past security; http://www.vinovolo.com.

LA GUARDIA: LGA http://www.panynj.gov
Figs Restaurant, Central Terminal Building; 718-446-7600; http://www.figslga.com.

ATLANTA: ATL http://www.atlanta-airport.com
Bistro del Sol, outside security, near the central atrium, 404-767-3988, has Mediterranean-inspired food, wraps and jerk chicken. Bubbly service, too.
One Flew South, in Concourse E; 404-816-3464; http://www.oneflewsouthatl.com. It opened Nov. 17, too late for inclusion here, but with twists on Southern food, it looks worth checking out.
Paschal’s, several locations; 404-305-8888; http://www.paschalsrestaurant.com.

To find the Taxi assembly break room, leave the airport via the northern baggage-claim exits, turn left, walk down left side of the road and under the overpass.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH: DFW http://www.dfwairport.com
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, gates B27 and D28; 972-973-2271; http://www.cousinsbbq.com.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, gates A19, C6 and E12; 972-641-8500; http://www.dickeys.com.
Railhead BBQ, gate D12; http://www.railheadbbq.net.
Reata Grill, gate D33; 972-973-4347; http://www.reata.net.

MIAMI: MIA http://www.miami-airport.com
La Carreta, outside security near the E gates; 305-871-3003; http://www.lacarreta.com.

LOS ANGELES: LAX http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.cfm
El Paseo Café, Tom Bradley International Terminal; 310-645-6988.
Encounter Restaurant, 209 World Way, outside Terminal 2; 310-215-5151; http://www.encounterlax.com.
In-N-Out Burger, 9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard; 800-786-1000; http://www.in-n-out.com. Flag down a black-and-yellow Parking Spot van to the Parking Spot garage; In-N-Out is next door.

CHICAGO: ORD http://www.ohare.com
Billy Goat Tavern, Concourse C; 773-462-9368; http://www.billygoattavern.com.
BJ’s Market & Bakery, Concourse K, near gate 15; 773-686-6920; http://www.bjsmarket.com.
Goose Island Pub, Concourse C; http://www.gooseisland.com. Great beers on tap.

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You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?

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Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

Correct answer: It’s a Wonderful Life!

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for busy moms and dads…IN ABOUT thumbnail1
15 MINUTES!

Who doesn’t love this luscious comfort-food-of-all-comfort-foods?!? (sweetie is going to just swoon over this one…watch out!). This recipe is submitted by le•top’s own Kristin, who is a self-proclaimed non-cook (although I suspect she made this for the office party!) and doesn’t like spending more than 15 minutes in the kitchen at a time. Good thing this recipe only takes about 15 minutes start-to-finish:

1 box of macaroni shells
1/4 stick of butter
1/3 C Milk
4-5 slices of Kraft American Cheese (torn up into little pieces)
1/2 T Dried Mustard (approx. to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the macaroni shells as called for on the box. Melt butter with milk in pan on low. Drain macaroni and put back into pan with milk and melted butter. Slowly add cheese bits into pan, stir until melted. Add dried Mustard, salt and pepper to taste.

(With apologies to Jamee and Sharon for taunting this not very GD-friendly carbo recipe…!!)

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Jennifer Beckett Benevolence Award from Attorneys For Children

Jennifer Beckett Benevolence Award from Attorneys For Children

We were much honored to be recognized by Attorneys For Children Toy Drive this year. We have never hesitated when our friends at this local charity asked for items for homeless children – however we never expected to be awarded for our small efforts. A new toy or piece of clothing is something that most children take for granted – we appreciate our friends at Attorneys for Children for reminding us of children who live a life in which nothing is taken for granted.

Thank you very much for this recognition!

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Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

Type your guess by entering a comment. The answer will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for playing!

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We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Correct answer: Elf

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Editor’s Note: Even though it may seem that I’m actually “here”, I’m actually not. I’m actually, well, somewhere between here and there. Because of the marvels of modern technology, I’m able to schedule some things in advance…such as this post. Ta-Dah! However, since I’ll really be spending most of my day on a plane today, I won’t be able to moderate your comments as quickly as I normally do. And Jamee is taking some time off here and there today to have her well-deserved tantrum. So, please accept our apologies with delays in your comments getting moderated/posted. Many thanks for your patience.

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